After assignment touring–first stop Agra

After we were done in Kolkata, a few of us flew to Delhi. Some connected with family there, but Jill and I took a mini-vacation to Agra (known to most Americans as the home of the Taj Mahal).

We had a great driver and a great guide. We did see the Taj Mahal, but we also saw Akbar’s tomb (which my boys had learned about in school), and the baby Taj (Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah). The Baby Taj was built by an empress as a tomb for her father and other family members and has several architectural elements that were later used in the Taj Mahal.


JIll and me at the gate of Akbar’s tomb


Jill and me at the Taj Mahal


We also saw 2 cottage industries– a handmade carpet store and a marble inlay store. We were able to see artisans make the products which was very interesting. The quality of the products was really amazing. Very beautiful. Jill and I both got something at the marble inlay store where they create delicate designs using thinly shaved pieces of semi-precious stones.  We ended the day with a view of the Taj Mahal at sunset from the Mehtab Bagh gardens and then a yummy family style dinner at the Bed and Breakfast.


At the marble inlay shop

Next stop Fatehpur Sikri

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